Mara Brock Akil is getting her much-deserved flowers in a special way this year—and the latest news means some of those bouquets are made of cash!
Deadline announced on Wednesday that Brock Akil signed a multi-year overall deal with Netflix to create original content.
“We are thrilled to welcome Mara Brock Akil to Netflix,” Channing Dungey, VP Original Series at Netflix said in a statement. “Her signature storytelling, authentic perspective and captivating characters have long entertained audiences and proven to be relevant, timely and endlessly engaging. We look forward to bringing her distinct voice, vision and passion to our global members.”
Brock Akil is having a great week because she’ll also be celebrating the fact that her beloved series Girlfriends is dropping on Netflix this Friday, Sept. 11.
“It is a dream to partner with the force of Netflix, for we have the same goals—telling human stories for a global audience,” Brock Akil added. “I’m excited to have a home that allows me the creative freedom and support to do what I do best– paint portraits and murals of women, Black people and anyone else whose story is missing from this golden age of television. Representation matters and so does who you build with—I can’t wait to work closely with Channing Dungey and her team to launch some great stories.”
As Deadline noted, Brock Akil has written and produced over 400 episodes of TV over the course of her career. A pioneer in the game, Brock Akil has written for, produced and/or created TV shows that have definitely made a mark on the culture, including The Jamie Foxx Show, Moesha, Girlfriends, The Game, Being Mary Jane, Love Is, Black Lightning, and more.
Mara Brock Akil Biography
Akil is a native of Los Angeles, but was raised primarily in Kansas City. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in journalism.
Akil began her writing career on Fox's critically acclaimed "South Central." She later moved on to writing for the UPN series "Moesha," where she earned her Producer title after four seasons. She received the 1999 SHINE (Sexual Health in Entertainment) Award presented by The Media Project for her "Moesha" episode "Birth Control."
Akil later served as Supervising Producer on the comedy series "The Jamie Foxx Show." For the 2000-01 television season, Akil created her first show, Girlfriends (2000), which she and Kelsey Grammer executive produce. 'Girlfriends' was presented with a 2001 SHINE Award for "The Burning Vagina Monologues" episode. It was also honored with 2002 and 2003 NAACP Image Awards nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series.
Akil draws inspiration for the storylines from her own group of good friends, including Felicia D. Henderson (creator of Showtime's "Soul Food") and Gina Prince-Bythewood (writer/director of New Line Cinema's "Love & Basketball").
She is married to Executive Producer/Director Salim Akil. Recently, VIBE listed Akil on its "Top 100 Hottest People List" and Honey magazine named her as one of the "Top 25 Hottest Women in Urban Entertainment." She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority and a board member of Center Theatre Group (Mark Taper Forum and Ahmanson Theatre). She also enjoys mentoring young people, especially aspiring writers.
She recently gave birth to her first child.